determine


determine
determine mid-14c., "to come to an end," also "to settle, decide" (late 14c.), from O.Fr. determiner (12c.) or directly from L. determinare "to enclose, bound, set limits to," from de- "off" (see DE- (Cf. de-)) + terminare "to mark the end or boundary," from terminus "end, limit" (see TERMINUS (Cf. terminus)). Sense of "coming to a firm decision" (to do something) is from mid-15c. Related: Determiner.

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  • déterminé — déterminé, ée [ detɛrmine ] adj. et n. m. • XIV e; de déterminer 1 ♦ Qui a été précisé, défini. ⇒ 2. arrêté, certain, 1. précis. « il faut une quantité déterminée de force pour soulever un poids déterminé » (Balzac). Un objectif bien déterminé.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • déterminé — déterminé, ée (dé tèr mi né, née) part. passé. 1°   Qui a reçu un caractère précis. Un genre de plantes déterminé par les botanistes. Quantité déterminée. Des idées déterminées. •   Les densités des mélanges alcooliques qui servent de base au… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • determine — de‧ter‧mine [dɪˈtɜːmn ǁ ɜːr ] verb [transitive] 1. to find out the facts about something: • Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the accident. • Experts have determined that the signature was forged. 2. to make an official… …   Financial and business terms

  • Determine — De*ter mine, v. i. 1. To come to an end; to end; to terminate. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] He who has vented a pernicious doctrine or published an ill book must know that his life determine not together. South. [1913 Webster] Estates may determine on… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Determine — De*ter mine, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Determined}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Determining}.] [F. d[ e]terminer, L. determinare, determinatum; de + terminare limit, terminus limit. See {Term}.] 1. To fix the boundaries of; to mark off and separate. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • determine — de·ter·mine vt mined, min·ing: to make a determination regarding Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. determine I …   Law dictionary

  • determiné — Determiné, [determin]ée. part. Il a les significations de son verbe. Il est aussi substantif, & se dit, d Un homme hardi, capable de tout. Il ne faut pas le fascher c est un determiné. c est un franc determiné un vray determiné. On dit d un… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • determine — [v1] conclude, decide actuate, arbitrate, call the shots*, cinch, clinch, complete, dispose, drive, end, figure, finish, fix upon, halt, impel, incline, induce, move, nail down*, opt, ordain, persuade, pin down*, predispose, regulate, resolve,… …   New thesaurus

  • determine — [dē tʉr′mən, ditʉr′mən] vt. determined, determining [ME determinen < OFr determiner < L determinare, to bound, limit < de , from + terminare, to set bounds < terminus, an end: see TERM2] 1. to set limits to; bound; define 2. to settle …   English World dictionary

  • determine — 1 settle, rule, *decide, resolve Analogous words: fix, *set, establish: dispose, predispose, *incline, bias: drive, impel, *move, actuate: *induce, persuade 2 ascertain, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms


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